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Straight from the Source: Using Automated Data Collection Systems to Improve Public Transport Performance: Applications at Transport for London

Date: 
March 6, 2013 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm EST
Location: 
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093
RITA Office: 
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

Dr. Nigel H. M. Wilson
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nigel WilsonThis engaging speaker series enables a stimulating information exchange with today's thought leaders in transportation on emerging and future transportation issues.

Nigel Wilson is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching areas focus on urban public transportation, including topics related to the operation, analysis, planning and management of public transport systems, and teaches MIT graduate subjects in public transport systems.

Professor Wilson directs a major long-term collaborative research program with urban public transport agencies. The longest active collaboration, now in its eighth year, is with Transport for London and is focused on making better use of contactless smart card data and other automatically collected data to support decision-making throughout the agency. A second ongoing collaboration is with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority which has a similar focus. Nigel Wilson is also a member of BRT Center of Excellence funded by the Volvo Research and Education Foundation and led by Professor Juan Carlos Munoz at the Catolica Universidad in Santiago de Chile.

Previous collaborations under the MIT Transit Research Program have included the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority focused on Tren Urbano, a new urban rail system in San Juan and the Chicago Transit Authority, which focused on helping CTA use technology and associated data to plan and control its services more effectively.

He has written more than 100 articles and reports on the results of his research.

During sabbatical leaves from MIT, Professor Wilson worked in three large transit agencies, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, London Transport, and Metro Transit in Minnesota, and has served as consultant to a number of other North American transit authorities. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford University, University College London, Napier University in Edinburgh, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Minnesota. Professor Wilson received the bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Imperial College, University of London and the master's and doctoral degrees, in civil engineering and transportation systems respectively, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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